GLRR Calendar

May 2015

Category: Open MeetingGLRR Club Meeting

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Category: GeneralSpring Track

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs

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Category: GeneralSpring Track

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs


Category: Board/Planning MeetingGLRR Board Meeting

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Category: GeneralSpring Track

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs


Category: USATF-NE Grand Prix EventVermont City Marathon


Category: Open MeetingGLRR Club Meeting

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Category: GeneralSpring Track

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs


Upcoming Events

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2015 Club Challenge 26×1 Marathon Relay

Hi everyone! Great GLRR response so far for the Club Championship 26×1 Club Championship Relay, but we still want to hear from more of you!

As a reminder, on Sat 6/27 GLRR will compete for the 11th SRR Club Challenge Marathon Cup, one of our best GLRR social race events of the year! Our ambitious goal this year is to field 3 full 26 member teams (78 runners), with each runner completing 1 mile.

We’ll be pulling together one faster seeded team to compete for the club title, and there are age group prizes as well for top mile splits!We will be competing against several new clubs competing this year, including Dan Button’s SISU Project. Age group prizes are awarded as well for top mile splits.

We want to encourage any and all club members to come out and run for the Green! Speed is not a factor. Last year we had runners with estimated times from 4:30 to over 10 minutes per mile so we have a slot for you! GLRR pays your entry fees! Music, refreshments and pizza provided as you catch all the race action track side!

There has been some snags on GLRR registrations due to us reaching registration limits on Eventbrite – This is now resolved! Here is the simple process:

1. Go to Search on “26×1″
2. Set up a basic eventbrite runner profile if you don’t have one already
3. Click on “11th Annual Club Challenge Marathon Cup Relay”
4. Select “Join a team”
5. Enter: “Greater Lowell” and JOIN
6. Register for free as a GLRR team member!
7. Anyone on GLRR FB can also confirm on the GLRR Event listing to let everyone know you’re going!

Please contact Howard Hersey with any questions.


James Joyce 10K USATF National Championships

GLRR Vets Team Photo courtesy of Liane Pancoast

Outstanding Day for the Green Team Top Runners

Out of 13 runners to toe the line we had four division winners:

  • Mark Reeder top M55 in 34:37 – which at 90.60% of theoretical max made him the 2nd age graded male
  • John Barbour top M60 in 37:01 – 89.44% for 4th age graded male, and a 4s win over old friend Reno Stirrat
  • Kara Haas top F40 in 37:46 – and second overall female in the race – at 85.15% she was 8th age graded woman
  • Liane Pancoast top F55 in 47:32

The Ladies Master Team of Kara, Liane and Marli edged out Genesee Valley by 9s for second place – well done ladies – showing once again in road races every second counts


The Men’s Veteran team by behind John and backed up with Chip and Glenn took a comfortable 2nd behind Reno’s Shore AC from Jersey.  A rookie mistake by Glenn – letting his shoelace come undone just over 2 miles in, cost the team.  Till then Chip and Glenn were working together and had hopes of pushing each other to the finish.  Chip estimates the screw-up cost the team about 90s, but would not have changed the outcome.


For only one week past Boston – not a bad day.


Postscript to James Joyce and The Hynes Kara/Paul match-up: Paul was 39:30 at James Joyce.  Asked about it – he dropped everything he had on the Hynes race – and was only able to run once in the week between.  Still that duel at Hynes was epic.

Almost full results can be found here.

USATF age group results can be found here.

Boston Marathon 2015

Candice providing a ray of sunshine. Photo courtesy of Thomas Cole.

By Glenn Stewart

On a somewhat dreary day the Green team fought off hypothermia to post times that, if not up to individual expectations, were quite fine none the less.

Seven men went sub three – paced by Jason Bui (in 2:48:26) and then Justin Patronick no long after (in 2:51:16).  They ran together to about half-way when Justin opened that small gap that Jason closed on the Newton hills, ultimately passing Justin at BC.

The trio of Mike Girouard, EJ Hyrnowski and Alex Eld ran the race together (garnering major face time on WBZ TV).  The boys ran negative splits to 2:57:38 (for Mike), 2:57:42 (EJ) and 2:58:09 (Alex).  Ask about the order of finish Mike said once they turned onto Boylston – it was a scramble and they got splintered.

Dave Oliver ran the most even splits of the day to a 2:58:44.

The final sub-3 man was Jason Wertz in 2:59:49.

The open men (Jason, Justin, Alex) finished in 36th.  The Masters Men (Mike, EJ, Dave) finished in 21st.

Top lady was Candice Gagnon (in 3:17:24).  Not far behind was master runner (Boston veteran) Jill Trotter (in 3:20:22).  Lauren Liuzzo (who forgot to tell us she was running – and so was not on the Green team ) was 3:37:22.

The Open Women (Candice, Katie Gessler 3:34:04, Sue Bourque 3:34:25) were 32nd.  The Master Women (Jill, Kristen Allen 3:31:30, Bethany Knottner 3:36:15) had the best finish of the four teams – a 14th place finish.

On the negative side – our sun-belt ambassador, Jack Pierce was felled by a woman who came to a sudden stop in front of him somewhere around mile 20.  Not surprisingly, given the conditions, she took Jack down – resulting in an ambulance ride, seven stiches, a black eye and countless scratches and bruises.  It really sucks when people stop without warning.  It’s a hazard in all marathons, but is especially acute at Boston.  We wish Jack the best in recovery.

Needless to say – congratulations to everyone that ran!

Writeup complete with times can be found here.

GLRR Annual Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner

Our annual Hall of Fame/Scholarship Awards dinner is Friday April 17th at the Radisson in Chelmsford.  Please use this link to RSVP by Sunday April 12th.

Date:  Friday April 17, 2015 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location:  Chelmsford Radisson, 1 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA

6:00 – 7:00 Social hour, and cash bar for the evening
7:00 – 8:00 Dinner/Year in review:  Pasta, steamed vegetables, rolls, gluten free pasta, dessert, coffee
8:15 – 8:30 Scholarship awards presentation
8:30 – 9:00 GLRR Club awards
9:00 – 10:00 Hall of Fame inductees presented

All scholarship recipients, their families and all Hall of Fame inductees and their families are cordially invited to attend at no cost.   All club members and guests are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 15. (payable at the door)  Please RSVP by Sunday April 12th.

The Radisson has also reserved rooms for the event (for Friday night) at the reduced rate of $91.00 for the standard room and $105.00 for a suite (plus applicable taxes).  Please mention “Baystate Marathon Hall of Fame Dinner” when booking.